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xIonx Joins Wombat Sports as a Sponsor

XionX_LogoWombat Sports seals another partnership as xIonx has signed on as a sponsor.

Dr. Howard Fidler, DC, the Director of Sports Performance for the company, has worked with some of the best sports athletes including Mike Tyson, pro wrestlers, golfers, and Olympians. His work with MMA fighters, including many female fighters, have gained “Doc Howie” a reputation as a go-to for pain relief and body alignment.

The xIonx bands were tested the man himself, giving them to his patients hoping to debunk it like some of those other performance bands on the market. Athletes proved the bands work; giving them improve energy, fell less fatigued, and helps with muscle soreness and faster recovery. As a user myself, I can attest the band has helped me with balance and the occasional headache.

If you you press the link and buy a band, part of the proceeds goes back to us to help us expand coverage on the site. xIonx always helps support female fighters in multiple ways.

Welcome to the family xIonx and Doc Howie!

Wombat Sports Partners with MMA Somnia

mma somina logo whiteWombat Sports is proud to announce it’s newest sponsor MMASomnia.com.

MMA Somnia is dedicated helping female fighters getting what they need to succeed. They sell women’s boxing, MMA, and Muay Thai gear and we felt that they fill a much needed spot in terms of helping the sport succeed.

We encourage our readers to give ourselves and MMA Somnia suggestions on what they would like to see them carry so we can help them grow and give you the tools you need.

When you shop at MMA Somnia via our link, Wombat Sports will get a commission so we can continue to expand coverage.

Please help support us and MMA Somnia as we both try to make female fighting even better.

Wombat Sports Celebrates Three Years of Women’s Combat Coverage

thrid anniversaryWe started Wombat Sports back in 2011 with the hope of giving the world more information and exposure of women’s combat sports, be it MMA, boxing, BJJ, kickboxing, or wrestling. Three years later, all sports have gained some ground and created new stars.

These past three years we have seen the creation of Invicta, women in the UFC, and women’s boxing in the Olympics. Women’s Muay Thai gained ground with US promotions, and women’s wrestling has expanded on all levels from the high school level to collegiate to the Olympics.

The participation of girls at younger and younger ages has also become a good sign growth won’t be stifled anytime soon.

Among our accomplishments have been covering events all across the U.S., helping introduce new stars, and connecting fans to their favorite fighters. We are a portal for information, including fight results of all types and how you can check out your favorite fighter on many different platforms. We may not be the first ones to be dedicated to female fighting, but we are seeing more and more sites pop up every day and we are proud to help inspire people to promote the female fighting community.

We are hoping to continue to grow and expand over the coming years. Increasing coverage in boxing and kickboxing, continuing to introduce new up and coming talent, and gaining relationships with promoters interested in giving female fighters opportunities to fight.

We thank you, our readers, for the continued support of the website. We also thank the fighters who have been open with us and giving up some time so we may expand the fans’ minds to their world.

Thanks to our friends and family in the female fighting community who have been the backbone of the site. Your information and insight has been invaluable to keep us as one of the top sites for female fighting news.

No clue what the next year will bring in women’s combat sports, but we are excited to be a part of the journey.

 

Muay Thai Thursday – May 28, 2014

Courtesy Lion Fight/Bennie Palmore
Courtesy Lion Fight/Bennie Palmore

Results

Tiffany Van Soest got back on the winning track as she defeated Lucy Payne by unanimous decision at Lion Fight in Connecticut last Friday.

Van Soest control much of the fight, with Payne fairing better than their first fight. In the end Van Soest got the unanimous decision (50-45, 50-46, 49-46).

You can watch the complete fight here (part 1) & (part 2).

Van Soest won’t have much time to rest as she will be back in action July 4th at Lion Fight in vegas taking on Sindy Huyer. Huer (36-6) was a finalist in the MuayThai Angels tournament.

Huyer defeated Michela Socci in Italt this past weekend.

The Lion Fight will air on AXS TV in the U.S. July 4.


In other results:

  • In a 61kg Enfusion world title match in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Anke van Gestel defeated Lindsay Scheer-Haycraft by points to retain her title. Haycraft announces her retirement after the fight.
  • In a pair of bouts in Munich, Germany, Patrizia Valkyrie Gibelli def. Mel Hoffman by TKO, and Jleana Valentino got the knee KO over Elke Beinwachs in round 3.
  • Lucia Kraijkovic defeated Monica Opak by TKO round 1 at Hanuman Cup 22

News

Since we were on break, the IFMA World Muaythai Championships happened in Malaysia in what was an ultra competitive set of female tournaments. Most countries saw at least one gold medalist.

In some quick results:

  • Pinweight (45 kg) – Monruedee Saejao (Thailand) def. Alena Liashkievich (Belarus)
  • Light Flyweight (48 kg) – Susan Karinki (Sweden) def. Sarai Medina (Spain)
  • Flyweight (51 kg) – Ly Bui Yen (Vietnam ) def. Funda Tiken (Turkey)
  • Bantamweight (54 kg) – Kizhnerova Ovescena (Russia ) def. Christi Brereton (United Kingdom)
  • Featherweight (57kg) – Miss Wihantamna (Thailand ) def. Yuliya Berezikova (Russia)
  • Lightweight (60 kg) – Valentina Shevchenko (Peru) def. Mariya Valent (Belarus)
  • Light welterweight (63.5 kg) – Antonima Shevhenko (Peru) def. Melissa Anderson (Australia )
  • Welterweight (67 kg) – Kelsey Andries (Canada) def. Anastasiya Napianidi (Russia)
  • Light middleweight (71kg) – Stephanie Glew (Australia) def. Helena Jurisic (Croatia)
  • Middleweight (75 kg) – Isa Tidblad (Sweden ) def. Maria Belush (Belarus)

You can read complete results here.


Meanwhile Lion Fights champ Caley Reese will defend her WMC 57 kg title against Dilara Kocak at Epic Fight 11 in Perth, Australia. Kocak is a German and European champion.


The UK’s Grace Spicer will look to continue her run in 2014 as she faces South Africa’s Ferial Ameeroedien at Enfusion Live on June 29 in London, England. Spicer recently won the British 52kg WBC title and is coming off back to back wins. Ameeroedien (1-7-2) is looking to continue a career comeback.


Weekend Fights

In action this weekend:

  • WKF 54kg world title will be on the line as Meryem Uslu battles Carol Earl in Australia
  • Also in Australia. Tainara Lisboa takes on Carleigh Crawford, and  Serin Murray battles Bronwyn Wylie in K1 rules bouts.
  • Ayano Oishi fights Narusawa in Tokyo, Japan.

The MRS (WMMA and WBoxing News) May 23

Green vs. Wilson Courtesy Ryan Hall/Burnt Imagines
Green vs. Wilson Courtesy Ryan Hall/Burnt Imagines

Miscellaneous News

All of the fights have been posted for the ICF 13 card (with the exception of the main event between Liz McCarthy and Cassie Robb, which will be posted tonight). You can watch them here:

We also have a post fight interview with Emily Corso here.


In a rare fight on Wednesday, Charmaine Tweet has avenged a loss, defeating Anna Barone by rear naked choke in round 1. Barone had KOed Tweet in their first encounter.

Barone weighed in 6 pounds over weight for the match and gave up 20% of her purse.

Tweet improves to 5-4.


Also Wednesday, in boxing, Alicia Ashley defeated Nohime Dennisson by TKO round 6 in Queens, New York


michelle nicolini 02ADCC champion Michelle Nicolini has signed to Legacy MMA.

The BJJ black belt is one of the most accomplished in the lower weight classes and seems to be transitioning to MMA well, going 2-0 with both wins by first round armbars. She is fighting at 115.

Nicolini got her black belt under Robert Drysdale and has been doing seminars all around the world. She will be doing an all female BJJ seminar on June 21 in San Francisco. Details here.

No word on when she will debut for Legacy.


Cortney Casey will be fighting for Pacific Xtreme Combat June 27th in Guam. It is suspected she will be facing promotional star Kailin Curran.

Casey stated she is still with XFC, and they have given her permission to fight on the card. We should have more info next week.


Sofia Bagerdai had a training injury and has had to pull out of her match with Lynn Alvarez at the World Series of Fighting next month. Bagherdai stated the injury would only take a few months to heel but wanted to take some time off to raise her daughter.


Sarah Kaufman was on the MMA Hour and stated she is looking for either a match with Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano. Kaufman theorized Zingano would most likely need a warm-up match before her title match with whomever the champion is after the July fight, and wouldn’t want to wait for or five months for a fight. She also reasoned Tate fight would make sense due to history and “Tate coming off a win”. Both are ranked higher than Kaufman.

On the converse, Kaufman doesn’t want to fight Sara McMann since “she is coming off a loss”.

Kaufman added she “wants to knockout Jessica Eye” but stated a rematch with her wouldn’t be in the cards until Eye gets another win.

You can listen to the complete interview here.


India Gomes took to social media to state her intentions on moving to 135 eventually and challenged Holly Holm to a fight.

Gomes (10-2) hasn’t fought since January 2013. After getting her match cancelled at Invicta last fall due to two opponents dropped out due to medical issues, Gomes is getting antsy to fight. he took her frustrations to social media.

She put the bantamweight division on notice and called out Holm on her facebook, stating InvcitaFC featherweight champ Cyborg Justino is ducking her.

InvictaFC has went on record that Gomes will face Cyborg on the promotion’s next card when they announce it.


Three female fighters have made the Maxim Hot 100, and it’s no surprise who they are.

Gina Carano was the highest ranked, at #39, while UFC champ Ronda Rousey took the 42nd spot. Miesha Tate took #58.


You know that couple hundred dollars Jenny Liou got from Dana White? Liou told Pro WMMA Now the money went to help find her fight team a new gym.

Liou will be facing Jocelyn Lybarger Monday (more on that in scheduled matches).


Schneider
Schneider

This Sunday on the podcast, we will talk to veteran fighter Sarah Schneider who will face young gun Amber Stautzenberger at Beatdown 11 in North Dakota June 7th.

You can listen here live at 1 p.m. pst/4 p.m. est.


Rumors

We talked to InvictaFC head Shannon Knapp this week and the hope is the final details will be set for an announcement this coming week. She has two mock cards set and looks to come out of the gate running once the deal is announced.


We are expecting Jessica Eye and Sara McMann will have match announcements next week.


Liz McCarthy is making Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas her new training home for the next year. TUF 20 hopeful Helen Harper is also making the move to Syndicate as we hear.


After a very successful all female card, Intense Championship Fighting is looking to do a half male/half female card in Great Falls in August during the Montana State Fair. A rematch between Emily Corso versus Lynnell House is rumored.


Scheduled Matches

Van Soest and Payne Courtesy Bennie Palmore
Van Soest and Payne Courtesy Bennie Palmore

Kickboxing

Lucy Payne looks to avenge her loss  to Tiffany Van Soest Friday night at Lion Fights’ debut at the the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT. The fight will air on AXS TV. Both fighters came in on weight for their 126 pound bout.

Van Soest is looking to come off her first pro loss and get back in the title hunt. She lost the belt to Caley Reese earlier this year.

Since her loss to Van Soest, Payne got a TKO win over Victoria Lomax, winning the Awakening 57 Kg title.

In an undercard bout, New England based fighters Brandy Young and Colleen Downey will do battle.


Pro MMA

For the first time since 2011, the Lybarger sisters will be in action on the same card.

At King of the Cage in Scottsdale, AZ, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger will take on Jennifer Liou and Jillian Lybarger will face Danielle Taylor. All four fighters tried out for the Ultimate Fighter 20.

Jocelyn (3-1) is coming off a win over Rosa Acevedo at RFA this past April. Liou (2-0) defeated Jillian this past February and is looking to take out the other sister.

Jillian is looking to recover from her pro debut loss to Liou with a win over Taylor. Jillian went 4-4 as an amateur.

Taylor (1-0) won her pro debut this past March and went 4-1 as an amateur.


bucci hougaard weigh ins
Bucci and Hoguaard

An important featherweight bout is on the docket as Maria Hougaard Djursaa and Annalisa Bucci will battle for the EUMMA 145 title in Denmark.

Djursaa is coming off a first round rear naked choke over  Alexandra Buch. She has win three straight including a TKO over Jorina Baars.

Bucci (6-3) is coming off a decision loss to Pannie Kianzad two weeks ago. Bucci was on a 5 fight win streak before the loss.


In a pair of pro bouts in Brazil:

  • At America’s FC 1 in Sao Paulo, Mariana dos Santos takes on Gabriela Lins
  • Janaisa Morandin faces Ana Luiza de Jesus at Aspera FC 7 in Santa Catarina

Boxing

In Krasnodar, Russia, two world title are up for grabs

WIBA and WBC super middleweight champion Nikki Adler will take on Gifty Amanua Ankrah.  Undefeated Adler (11-0) won both titles last year by unanimous decision.  Ankrah (3-3-1) is coming off back to back KO victories.

The other match will see a battle for the vacant WIBA and UBO super featherweight title as Natalia Smirnova (7-0) will duke it out with Yarkor Chavez Annan (7-6-1).


EBU flyweight champion Simona Galassi will defend her belt against Galina Koleva Ivanova in Emilia Romagna, Italy.

Galassi  (19-3-1) is coming off a loss in a non-EBU title match against WBA champ Susi Kentikian. She had back to back wins before the loss.

Former WBC batnamweight champ Ivanova is looking to snap a two fight losing streak.


In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the interim WBA super bantamweight title will be decided as former champ Jackie Nava battles Alys Sanchez.

Nava (28-4-3) was on a four fight win streak before taking a two year break from the sport. Sanchez (12-1) is coming off her first loss, a split decision to Carolina Arias.


On other action, a pair of bouts are set for Sao Paulo, Brazil, as Elica Jamile takes on Milla Ferreira, and Andreia Alves dos Santos faces Aline Vanessa.

Muay Thai Thursday – May 8th

Zoila Frausto
Zoila Frausto

Results

Three female bouts were a part of the WCK Muay Thai card at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, CA last Thursday.

Zoila Frausto got her second Muay Thai win with a mjaority decsion over Jessica Gladstone. Zoila’s sister Stephanie Fruasto also got a decision win, defeating Kaiyana Rain.

The third bout saw Day Day Davis defeat Natalie Morgan by Unanimous Decision.


Riordon
Riordon

Maureen Riordon made a success debut in pro K-1 defeating  Brenda Rodriguez by TKO round 3 at GLORY 16 in Denver, Colorado. Riordon had made the crossover from MMA for the fight.

GLORY has been putting on female fights on their past few cards, but have yet to get to them on the televised cards. This could be changing soon, however.


In other results:

  • At Max MuayThai in Thailand, Michaela Michl defeated Suzie Por Promin by points.
  • In Holland, Sarah Debaieb defeated Patrizia Valkyrja Gibelli by points
  • In England, Grace Spicer defeated Leonie Hardman by TKO round 4 to retain the 52 kg WBC England title.

News

A four woman tournament is set for Temecula, CA June 7th featuring a lot of international talent. China’s Wan Ke Han is one of the participants.

Also in the card, Jemyma Betrian vs. The Blonde Bomber Christi Brereton


Rika Tonguraisen will defend her WBC Women’s Asian light flyweight title against Nonpen Saw Sopakomu June 8th in Tokyo.


Upcoming Fights

  • In Lopburi, Thailand, Tainara Lisboa will take on Petchdara for the  WWBA 63.5 kg world title.
  • At the Day of Destruction card in Hamburg, Germany, Meryem Uslu faces  Yang Yang in a K1 rules bout
  • Spain. Victoria Lomax faces Iman Chairy-Ghablou in K-1 in Spain

Muay Thai Thursday – April 24

Results

In Thailand,  Nong Em defeated Sylvie von Duuglas Ito by points.


News

Courtesy Awakening Fighters
Courtesy Awakening Fighters

Tiffany van Soest looks to rebound after her first loss by taking on a familiar foe.

Van Soest will rematch Lucy Payne at Lion Fights 15 in the promotion’s east coast debut at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT May 23.

Van Soest won by TKO in their first match, and since then, Van Soest lost her title to Caley Reese by split decision and Payne won by TKO over Victoria Lomax, gaining the Awakening 57 kg title.

The fight will air on AXS  May 23rd.


Caley Reese announced her next fight in her native Australia. The Lion Fights and WMC champ will take on World Muay Thai Angels finalist Duannapa at Epic 11 in Mirrabooka June 14th. The fight will take place at 60 kg, 3 kilos heavier than the champ normally fights. Her titles won’t be on the line.


The International Kickboxing Federation has announced several events in the coming months for fighters to compete with all experience levels. This is a great opportunity for novice and amateur fights to gain some experience.

  • May 3 – Points Kickboxing in Concord, NC
  • May 17 – Points Kickboxing in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • July 11-13 – IKF World Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • August 9 – Points kickboxing in Dillon, South Carolina
  • August 23 – Points kickboxing in San Diego, California

More information can be found at Ikfpkb.com.


Reminder that registration for the Muay Thai Classic in up and running. The biggest Muay Thai tournament in the United States will take place June 26-29 in Des Moines, IA.

Registration fee is $68 until May 11. Registration will continue until June 22, but fees will increase after May 11.

You can find more information at tbasanctioning.org.


Weekend fights

In action this weekend:

In Slovakia at Enfusion, Denise Kielholtz battles Lucia Kraijkovic. This will stream for free Enfusionlive.com Saturday.

At Loganholme, No Surrender 6 in Australia, a 4 woman tournament will see Lorryn Williams, Sam Brown, Claire Foreman & Casey Walters battle in a 55 kg title eliminator.

In Japan, the WPMF 118 pound Japan title will be on the line as Odamaki Yōko takes on  Sasakichō Sato. Also on the card, Saya Ito faces Park Hye-young.

In Hong Kong at Super Fight Championship  Chiu Hoi-Yan (Hong Kong China) takes on Natalia Dyachkova (Russia) and Kwok Hoi-Ning(Hong Kong China) takes on Female Champion of Hong Kong Tiphanie“Gadum” Yau.

 

Muay Thai Thursday – Apr. 17

Weekend Results

Muay Thai Angels finally has a champion.

Thailand’s Chommanee won the eight woman tournament, defeating Italy’s Sindy Huyer. Both won their semi-finals bouts.

You can watch the finals here.


lais muay thai tourney apr 2014A four woman tournament happened in Laos.

In the semi-finals, Namphet (Laos) defeated Kwang (Burma), and Rika (Thai-Japan) defeated Marilyn (Singarpore).

Rika would take the title over Namphet.


In Thailand, Nong Em (Thailand) defeated Camilla Pacheco (Brazil) by points.


News

Two more bouts are set for thr WCK Muay Thai card May 1st at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, CA.

Lion Fight and Invicta MMA vet Kaiyana Rain will face Stephanie Frausto in a bout at 105 pounds. Rain lost her pro Muay Thai debut to Miranda Cayabyab by split decision. This will be Frausto’s pro Muay Thai debut.

In a flyweight (115) bout, Day Day Lewis will take on Natalie Morgan.

These join Zoila Frausto versus Jessica Gladstone on the card.


Enfusion K-1 will feature Denise Kielholtz (35-2) defending her 57 kg (125 lbs.) title against Lucia Kraijkovic (16-6) April 26th in Slovakia.

The event will stream live at EnfusionLive.com 11 a.m. pst/2 p.m. est April 26.


Lena Ovchinikova  v Carol Earl world title matchUkraine’s Lena Ovchinikova loos for another Muay thai world title as she faces  Carol Earl of Lebanon at 52.2 kg at WKF’s May 30th event in Punchbowl, Australia.

In K-1 action, Thannia Ougarid (Algeria) battles Aamia el Sayed (Egypt) at 53.2 kg.


May 3rd at Night of the Spartans in Magalas, France, Victoria Lomax will face Cristina Cuevas in a K1 rules bout.


This Weekend’s Fight

France’s Lelo Page will face Australia’s Leonie Macks at the “One vs. One” event in Thailande, France. Macks is coming off a string of cancelled fights and is looking to get a few more wins to get the chance to fight Caley Reese.

Muay Thai Thursday – April 10

Results

New Zealand’s “Leathal Ladies” held a card which featured a battle for the WKBF New Zealand Welterweight (66.8 kg) title. Natalia Teller outpointed Melody Downs to win the title.

In other action on the card:

  • Glonaz Tabar def. Louise Fuller by unanimous points decision (47kg)
  •  Shontelle Washer def. Carly Anderson by split points decision (64kg)
  • Ash Ahipene and Priya Mistry fought an exhibition bout
  • Clare Williamson def. Deirdre Sims by split points decision (51kg)
  • Indy Thompson def. Tess Haami by unanimous points decision (80kg)
  •  Olya Sokhieva def. Melissa Lu by unanimous points decision (58kg)
  • Daria Smith def. Corrina Folekene by TKO round 1 (57kg)
  • Jae ‘Missy’ Elliot def. Faith Rangitakatu by split points decision (80kg)
  • Huia Smith def. Mamta Morganan by unanimous points decision (54kg)

Jindrova vs. Osterlin Courtesy Foto RK
Jindrova vs. Osterlin Courtesy Foto RK

In action this past weekend:

  • Martina Jindrova outpointed Jennifer Osterlin in Muay Thai Prague, Czech Republic
  • At Bitcoin Fights in England, Pernilla Johansson defeated Annabel Gely by points
  • At Enfusion,  Marieke Post defeated Kristy Ooms by points
  • In England. Jackie Bogart defeated Meryem Uslu by points
  • Laura Baugh defeated Sanne Strabbing for the Euro 53kg B class title by points in England.
  • Also in England, Sofia Christolodou defeated Magda Wiznaski by TKO. Wiznaski got a knee injury.
  • Tanya Merret (Wales) defeated Maritzarda Hersisia by TKO round 3 in England.

News

Zoila Fruasto will be looking for her second Muay Thai win as she takes on Canada’s Jessica Gladstone May 1 at WCK Muay Thai at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, CA.

Frausto made her Muay Thai debut earlier this year getting a second round TKO over Linda Aguilar. Gladstone is 4-4 in pro Muay Thai and is the former LBTM Professional North American Muay Thai Champion.

Also expected on the card is Stephanie Frausto, Natalie Morgan, and Kaiyana Rain.

The card will most likely air locally.


Weekend matches

XFE and Kings Boxing will hole an all female Muay Thai card in Bethleme, PA this weekend.

In the main event, Mandana Reafat will battle Robyn Klenk and the co-main will feature Audree Charbonneau taking on Brandice Peltier.

The event will raise funds for those effected by domestic abuse.


wmta poster semi finalsThe semi-finals are set for the World Muay Thai Angels in Koh Samui, Thailand. The filming was off for a few months due to finding some backers to complete the tournament.

Duanapha, Sindy Huyer, Chommanee, and Teresa Wintermyr will duke it, with the winners of the semi-finals fighting again the same night to be crowned the WMTA champion.

The bouts will air on local Thailand tv, but will be posted online the week after the fights.


In other action:

  • In France, Anissa Meksen faces Alicia Mermoux in K1
  • Felix Ameeroedien faces Katia Pedrosa in Ireland
  • In Chiang Mai, Thailand, Marloes Merza will tak on  WPMF world champion Maesa Tor. Buamas for the Northern Thailand Belt .

Future Stars – Monique Sciberras

Wombat Sports is continuing its efforts to profile some of those fighters under the age of 18 that will be the future of combat sports; be it MMA, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

If you have a fighter under 18 you want to be featured comment below.

You can read all the “Future Stars” we have featured so far here.


monique 0114 year old Monique Sciberras has already done what many female fighters twice her age can only dream about, train and compete in Thailand.

The Australian teenager holds junior world titles and has fought on the annual Kings Cup Muay Thai card in 2009 at the age of nine.

The remarkable thing is that Sciberras has done all this not just for fun and the challenge, but to help her autism.

Austism is a Neurodevelopmental disorder that effects how the brain works, and hinders social development. Studies have shown sports help treat autism. In martial arts in particular, the elements of predictability, structure, and the challenges of physical interaction with other people help social skills and adapting to situations.

We got a chance to talk to Sciberras about her experiences in Muay Thai and her goals as she grows as a fighter.


Wombat Sports: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?

Monique Sciberras: My parents put me into combat sports because of my Autism. They could not afford for me to play tennis, so my father trained me in the art of Muay Thai since I can remember. Doctors told them I had no future, and would never go to a normal school, hold a normal job, or even speak properly. My parents couldn’t accept this.

Wombat: How has it helped with your autism?

Sciberras: It has done everything for me. In 2009, I fought on the Kings Cup in Bangkok and a week later, I had a prize fight; five 3 minute rounds. I won in the second round by TKO. I have fought every year since in Thailand basically have a lot more confidence in life.

monique 03W.S.: What do you enjoy about it?

M.S.: I love meeting all the people that if I hadn’t trained in Muay Thai I would not have met like. I love training with Jeff Fenech on my hands movement.

W.S.: How have your friends and classmates reacted to it?

M.S.: My friends love to watch the fights and my classmate is my mum because she is my teacher. I do home schooling and most of my friends are from church. Everyone has been supportive.

W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting?

M.S.: When I enter the ring its my sand pit. I feel at home

W.S.: What have you found difficult?

M.S.: The hard part is making the weight. My opponents have the same skill level, so there is no easy fight. It’s a case of who wants it more. Prize fights are more serious, and I’d say people that do the sport in Thailand need to win.

monique 02W.S.: What was it like to fight in Thailand?

M.S.: I have had many fights in Thailand and you find out who you fight that day. It’s not a case of who you want to fight, and sometimes, they are much larger. When you have traveled so far, how can you say no?

W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?

M.S.: Cris Cyborg. I hope to take the path of Gina Carano.

W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in fighting sports?

M.S.: I think everyone is sick of seeing men fight and the future will be with females. It’s going to be big and I plan on being there.

W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?

M.S.: I would love to fight on Master Toddys Show in Muaythai, have a boxing title fight, and make my fight home in Las Vegas.

W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?

M.S.: I’d like to thank Jeff Fenech for giving me his time, Master Toddy for always giving me a warm welcome, and you for giving me a chance to share my story

Jorina Baars Outpoints Cyborg Justino to Win Lion Fights 145 title

Courtesy Lion Fight/ Bennie Palmore
Courtesy Lion Fight/ Bennie Palmore

In what was a brutal battle on both ends, Jorina Baars was back in form and was able to stand toe to toe with the “Baddest Woman on the Planet” Cyborg Justino to gain the first ever Lion Fight 145 Muay Thai title.

Baars (33-0-3) was the aggressor early, getting a kick to the face in the first 20 seconds. Cyborg tried to swarm in, but got knocked down for the first time in her career a minute later due to a head kick. Cyborg recovered and finished the round. 10-8 Baars.

Rounds 2 saw Cyborg the aggressor, but Baars used her length and technique to keep Cyborg at bay; scoring with knees and elbows. 10-9 Baars.

Rounds 3 and 4 saw Cyborg work her boxing and was able to get a few dumps on Baars to take both rounds going to the fifth and final.

Baars would drop Cyborg again, this time with a body kick, at 1:13 in the final round, but Cyborg was quick back to her feet. Cyborg nearly pushed Baars over the ropes shortly after, but Cyborg soon slowed down, getting a few more dumps before the final bell rang.

The judges saw it 49-45, 48-45, and 49-44 all for Jorina Baars, who becomes the inaugural Lion Fights champ.

In a most fight interview with MMAFighting.com both stated they would be open to a rematch.

You can watch the full fight here.